With all the trends and fads that come and go in hair and fashion, it’s easy to lose sight of those “core” styles that stand the test
of time and are always appropriate to an elegant occasion. And these aren’t your mother’s or grandmother’s versions of the classic
hairstyles. These are the classic styles that slowly evolve through the years, changing only when techniques and products improve upon them aesthetically.
And we’re not just talking about styles for women. There are classic men’s looks too. However, the looks for men that fall into the
classics category tend to change in regard to length and styling products used more than cutting techniques.
Let’s have a look at some truly classic styles and discuss how they fit into the modern woman’s (or man’s) style arsenal:
The classic bob cut is truly eternal. This is a style that has been a part of fashion culture since it first emerged in the 1920s. The
clean, crisp lines are perfect for framing a long face and the cut can be modified to create a gentle curve in the shape which is great
for balancing sharp features and making a chic, elegant style.
Just take a look here at how this chin-length bob truly flatters Helen Mirren’s face. The angled parting and heavily textured fringe
are more-modern enhancements of the style, but they don’t change the essence of the look. The curvature of the sides helps to broaden
the face and minimize the vertical focus, while the roundness of the style as a whole makes for a softening of the age lines that might otherwise appear too strong.
The ease of styling in this look is evident. A gentle blow-out with a round brush and a smoothing serum, followed by a light misting
of hairspray for hold, and you have a look that will take you from dinner, to dancing and beyond.
The Loose Tail
Many women think that the ponytail is strictly a casual look, but nothing can be further from the truth. Sure, it’s so easy to take the
hair, gather it up and confine it in the little silk-wrapped band, but done properly, the ponytail is a style that can be just as
glamorous as the average up-do, and usually twice as sexy. The ponytail has evolved and “grown up” if you will, since the days when
you wore it on the playground.
The grown-up woman’s ponytail is a styling element used to make the most of your long, luxurious locks. Today’s classic tails are
usually built on hair that has been “pre-styled” to some degree – either to smooth and straighten the hair or to add soft, sensual
curl. This gives today’s woman the best of both worlds. She has the length and flow of her long luxurious hair and the control and
low maintenance of her ponytail.
The Loose Tail can be simply a tail gathered and wrapped by the wearer’s own hair to hide the band, or can be adorned with virtually
any kind of clasp. Extension pieces can be added to increase the bulk of a tail for a fuller look or even to make for a longer tail
on hair that is normally much shorter. This is truly one of the more versatile styles in the classic repertoire, and as you can see
here with Francesca Cavallin, is far from lacking in sheer elegance.